Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Monday 10 May 2021 explained why schools across the country will close for a week-long holiday.
While speaking at Mitihani House while releasing the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) exams, the CS said that schools will start a new calendar year after the one-week break in a bid to make up for the time lost during the prolonged closure last year.
He also disclosed that schools that have opened for the 2020 third term on Monday will close on July 10, 2021.
“We deliberately created a tight academic calendar that enables us to accelerate completion of school terms,” he said.
Magoha noted that the new year entails the rollout of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) Grade 5.
He explained that for the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry shall all roll out grade 5 together; whether the students are in private or public schools as there is only one government.
Magoha revealed that five examinations will be conducted this year and the 2021 KCSE and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams will be done in March next year.
He added that in December 2022 another examination will be conducted.
He added that even if he will not be the Education at the time, the Ministry will have planned for everything so that those who take over from him will have a seamless process.
While announcing the KSCE results, Magoha disclosed that Simiyu Robinson Wanjala was the top candidate who scooped 87.33 points.
Wanjala was followed by Agoro Sare High School’s Wesonga Allan with an A (plain) of 87.173, a similar grade to Sharon Chepgeno Terer from Kenya High School who was ranked third.
Muriasi Rob Ongare from Alliance High School was ranked fourth with 87.173 points while Mbugua Esther from Kenya High School closed the best top five with an A (plain) of 87.113 points.
Magoha pointed out that, 893 candidates scored A (plain) which was an improvement compared to 627 in 2019.
He said a total of 143, 140 scored university entry grades compared to 125, 747 in 2019.
He noted that more boys than girls sat the examination at 50.9 percent and 49.9 percent respectively.